In the Microsoft Windows operating system, Network Neighborhood is a feature of Windows Explorer which provides a simplified means of browsing computers and other resources on a local area network. it allows you to copy or move files between other computers. The Network Neighborhood window is usually accessed via an icon on the desktop, and is present in Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition.
Network Neighborhood was replaced by My Network Places in Windows 2000, Windows Me and Windows XP.
Network Neighborhood lists computers, printers and other resources connected to your local-area network (LAN). By default, a Network Neighborhood icon appears on your desktop, and the folder is also accessible from within the Windows Explorer.
The Network Neighborhood serves no purpose if your computer is not connected to a LAN, except that it is required to link two computers using Windows 95’s Direct Cable Connection (DCC) feature.
The Control Panel is a part of the Microsoft Windows graphical user interface which allows users to view and manipulate basic system settings and controls, such as adding hardware, adding and removing software, controlling user accounts, and changing accessibility options. Additional applets can be provided by third party software.
- Add/Remove Programs: this utility is used to add or remove any software from windows.
- Date/Time : this utility displays current system date and time and also allows you to set date and time.
- Keyboard : allows you to configure the key board.
- Mouse: allows you to set the mouse setting.
- Sounds: allows you to set the sound settings.
- Users: allows you to manage the system users.
Components of start menu
- It gives access to all the applications available in the computer.
- Whenever we install any software its entry added in programs list.
- An application can be started by clicking on the appropriate item.
- You can quickly open a document, which you have, worked on recently by
- using the documents command on the start menu.
- It displays last 1.5 documents, which have been used recently.
- It allows you to change basic settings of the computer, like the color etc.
- It-allows selection of printers, and changes their settings like printing quality etc.
- It also allows to customization of the start menu and the taskbar.
- You can find files or computers quickly through-the find-command.
- It also allows to search files
o By specifying file name
o By specifying date or last modification
o By specifying type, size or text content.
- If you don’t know how to do something, you can look it upin help. Just click
the start button , and then click help
- Get help on each item in a dialog box by clicking the Question mark button in
the title bar and then clicking the item.
- To start a program directly use the run command.
- In the open box, type the location and name of the program you want to start.
- Lf you don’t remember the location or name of the program fileclick browse.
- To select a program you started recently* click the down arrow in the open
box, click a program in the list, and then click OK.
Shutdown gives you the following option-
(a) Shutdown the computer
– Use this option, when you want to switch off the computer.
– Do not turn off your computer until the “You can now safely turn off
your computer” message appears.
(b) Restart the computer
– Use this option when some program is misbehaving and is halting the
– Use this as a safer alternate to using the computer’s reset button.
(c) Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode
– Use this option run older DOS based software.
– It gives you the conventional DOS prompt.